Pop ’80s rocker Huey Lewis has suspended all upcoming shows, as hearing loss has made it “impossible” for him to hear pitch and sing.
The 67-year-old rocker wrote on Twitter and on his website that he lost most of his hearing just before a show a few months ago and hasn’t fully recovered.
“Two and a half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, I lost most of my hearing. Although I can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone, I can’t hear music well enough to sing,” he wrote to fans. “The lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible to find pitch.”
He continued by saying he had seen hearing specialists at Stanford, the Mayo Clinic and the House Ear Institute.
“The doctors believe I have Meniere’s disease and have agreed that I can’t perform until I improve,” Lewis said. “Therefore the only prudent thing to do is to cancel all future shows.”
Huey Lewis and The News cancel all 2018 performances. See attached note from Huey. pic.twitter.com/FbWqDlGwnR
— Huey Lewis (@Huey_Lewis_News) April 13, 2018
This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most defining albums of the 1980s. Sports was released in 1983 and gave us smash hits like “Heart and Soul,” “I Want a New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll” and “If This Is It.” Lewis’ hit two years later, 1985’s “The Power of Love,” became the anthem for the Back to the Future franchise.
Lewis had shows scheduled through October.
Lewis said he felt “horrible” about the cancellation, but left open the possibility of returning, even though his condition can lead to permanent hearing loss.
“Needless to say, I feel horrible about this, and wish to sincerely apologize to all the fans who’ve already bought tickets and were planning to come see us,” he wrote. “I’m going to concentrate on getting better, and hope that one day soon I’ll be able to perform again.”
Lewis signed the note, “Sincerely, Huey.”